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Well, it's  nearly good evening.  I went to the Metrolops this morning for my 6 weekly haircut.  I didn't hang around, just came straight back - slowly - because I seemed to be behind tractors and silage trailers all the way.  They're all picking up before the heavy rain forecast for tonight.
When I got back I gave my neighbour a tour of my polytunnel.  She has just had one erected and was looking for some advice and inspiration.  I like showing people my polytunnel.
I have a very sore and very itchy arm today.  Unbeknown to me a tick had attached itself to the back of my arm near the top.  I don't know how because I haven't worn anything sleeveless.  DH attacked it with surgical spirit and got it out.  He has just suggested an Indian tonight.  I didn't  object   :)
Have a good evening and enjoy the Sewing Bee.  I will probably catch up with it tomorrow.


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In the wardrobe / Re: Pietra Pants and Shorts
« on: June 15, 2021, 07:14:21 AM »
Yes, I have a much tweaked jeans pattern that is a perfect fit.  I wheel out the pattern pieces and use the crotch shape for any trousers I make.  It saves a lot of hassle.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 14th June
« on: June 14, 2021, 10:53:37 AM »
@Silver Rose  @K.H.  thanks for your suggestions.
Its not a wireless set up but because I can't run a cable from the attic to the router, (which is at the furthest end of the house because that's where the strongest signal is) I have 2 powerline adaptors plugged into the ring main.  The camera end of things works fine  but the adaptor that is linked to the router is not receiving any information.
I've tried different cables and swapping the adaptors but it's the same.
I switched the disused BT router on and linked the powerline adaptor to that and I had an instant image of the attic on my phone so it's definitely a problem with the router.
The router works off a mobile phone signal and when it was first installed a couple of months back it wouldn't communicate with the TV.   The installers tried 3 others before they could get it to work.  Getting hold of someone is the biggest issue - place in town was closed again.  The reason we've ditched the BT one is because our line runs through more than a mile of trees and had constant breaks   Our broadband could drop out 20 - 30 times a day or more.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 14th June
« on: June 14, 2021, 09:20:36 AM »
Good morning.  Cloudy here, no sun but still warm.
I'm off to town shortly for some bits including a pair of secateurs because I've managed to lose the 2 pairs I have.  I'm also hoping to catch the broadband people to have a gripe because the router they installed for us won't communicate with the camera I have for the owl box which is perfectly fine with the old BT router.
The trouble is, I don't know what I'm talking about so can be very easily bamboozled.
Have a good day everyone.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Pietra Pants and Shorts
« on: June 14, 2021, 07:17:47 AM »
A good save.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 13th June
« on: June 13, 2021, 22:10:06 PM »
Oh,  Celia,  that's not good.  I hope the bite isn't too bad.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 13th June
« on: June 13, 2021, 18:01:14 PM »
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Once you've got them, you've got them.
@Sandra my aquilegia vanished without trace 2 or 3 years ago.  I had grown various types from seed initially then they self seeded for the next 18 years or so.  I always looked forward to finding some unusual hybrids.  No idea what caused their demise.  I intend collecting seed from my neighbours garden this year and starting again.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 13th June
« on: June 13, 2021, 10:56:12 AM »
@Acorn if your sweet peas go papery just cut them down to a couple of inches and lots of lovely new shoots will appear.  I discovered that accidentally last year when I picked up a couple of pots at the GC far too early for planting out.  I had the best sweet peas I've ever had and the ones in the polytunnel flowered until October.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 13th June
« on: June 13, 2021, 09:41:12 AM »
It's hotting up here.  We don't get the sun on the yard until its up over the trees on the skyline.  I'm really chuffed because I caught one of the baby barn owls on camera last night with another pair of eyes bobbing up and down behind it - so I know now that there are at least 2  :)
I'm off out for another strim then I might get round to picking up the buckets and stuff in the shed that I didn't get round to yesterday.
Have a good day everyone.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 12th June
« on: June 12, 2021, 15:31:38 PM »
Good afternoon all.  It's hotted up here now after a cloudy morning.  I'm feeling a bit pleased with myself because I've just finished weeding my large flower patch by the house - it's a D shape with a diameter of about 40' so it's a bit of a Forth Bridge job and is rarely completed.  I am well aware that there were creeping buttercups bindweed and couch grass, thumbing their noses at me as soon as I walked away, ready to reappear tomorrow.
Last night we actually went OUT for the first time in about a year to our second nearest pub which is a tiny affair by the river at the foot of the mountains with stunning views.  They can't have anyone inside because it is too small but fortunately they have a large covered deck out the front where we sat and had an excellent chicken curry and DH had a longed for pint of Guinness.  The proprietors are such lovely people and I'm so glad that they have weathered the storm (they both went and found work elsewhere) and are open again.
I've cooled off a bit so I'm off outside again - no more weeding though.  I think I will collect up the buckets, hayracks etc that are still littering the shed from lambing and clean them and put them into storage for next time.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

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Fun with Fabric / Re: FabricFlop - Advice Needed
« on: June 12, 2021, 15:18:52 PM »
What is the fabric Jessie?  It looks, in the picture a bit like cheesecloth (popular in the 70s but I never sewed with it).  Like Surestitch I was wondering about soaking and then blocking it.  It could end up a bit stretched out and you might need to take that into account when cutting and be a bit generous.
In a way it's a bit like silk in that it's impossible to get the grain to lie straight.

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A Good Yarn / Re: My first woven item
« on: June 12, 2021, 06:51:38 AM »
Well done @mudcat  those 2 yarns look really good together.  I'm itching to get my loom set up again.

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A Good Yarn / Re: Yarn bombing
« on: June 11, 2021, 21:47:04 PM »
There is also guerilla knitting where knitted things mysteriously appear overnight.  Our nearest small town has an annual sheep festival and I did once think about getting some people together to knit loads of sheep and put them round the town at dead of night.
I've said it now so I can't do it!

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 11th June
« on: June 11, 2021, 09:38:37 AM »
Good morning.  It's another grey, drizzly day today.  I'm still on the owl box - I spent a lot of yesterday going backwards and forwards between the attic and my shed with tape measure and bits of wood (I don't have the builders' scrap pile to raid any more!)  If I hadn't changed my mind after cutting the first lot of wood the job would be finished by now.  So, I'm off into the attic for another measure now.
Have a good day everyone.

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Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Not quite a horn
« on: June 10, 2021, 15:11:37 PM »
That looks a very useful corner piece.  I expect a unit of Really Useful drawers would slide underneath nicely.

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